15 January 1996

The Lawyer

  • Asian business for Australian firm

    16-Jan-1996

    BIG-NAME Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page has set up five jurisdictional desks to provide a national base for its Asian work.The desks, which operate out of Sydney and Melbourne, handle client enquiries relating to Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.Each desk, staffed by lawyers who have either been previously based in Asia or who have a special interest in the region, liaises with its correspondent office on-site to provide clients ...

  • AWB aims for regional network

    16-Jan-1996

    THIS YEAR will see the Association of Women Barristers spreading its wings outside London.The association will be setting up regional groups run along the same lines as those of the Association of Women Solicitors, each with a separate chair and secretary."There is a growing interest in support and information networks for women barristers outside London," said AWB chair Barbara Hewson.Initial interest was shown by barrister Helen Fields from the ...

  • Brief encounters

    16-Jan-1996

    SJ Berwin & Co and the European Commission in the UK will stage a series of six briefings on EU commercial policy and related issues during the next four months. The briefings, which start with a session on new directions in EU and competition law on 22 January, will be given by senior community officials and members of SJ Berwin's EU law team. Former EU Commissioner and SJ Berwin consultant ...

  • Bringing order to libel awards

    16-Jan-1996

    Princess Diana, David Mellor, Monica Bauwens, Esther Ranzen, Graham Souness - the case book of solicitor Martin Cruddace reads like a celebrity's Who's Who.However, Cruddace has never represented any of them. Instead he has been on the defence side of High Court actions brought against Mirror Group Newspapers.In the five and a half years since he joined the MGN legal department in July 1990, Cruddace has played an increasingly ...

  • Chicago practice pulls in Rogers & Wells partner

    16-Jan-1996

    CHICAGO law firm Mayer Brown & Platt has recruited London-based Rogers & Wells partner Eric Bettelheim as a member of its derivatives practice.Bettelheim, who has worked in Rogers & Wells' UK office since 1986, starts with Mayer Brown in London this week.The Mayer Brown move takes him to his fourth law firm since 1983.Bettelheim said he was moving from Rogers ...

  • Clive Boxer warns of the encroaching US trends in privilege.

    16-Jan-1996

    Clive Boxer is a consultant at Davies Arnold Cooper.Any commercial lawyer with experience of US litigation will know the golden rule in the US is to make as few notes as possible because they may be disclosed however much one tries to cloak them in professional privilege.In Barclays Bank plc v Eustice (1995) Lord Justice Schiemann delivered an extraordinary judgment in the Court of Appeal. So indicative of an attempt to defraud creditors was the defendants' ...

  • College of Law loses out in favoured schools' list

    16-Jan-1996

    THE COLLEGE of Law has been sidelined at a crucial stage in the Bar Council's move to end the Inns of Court School of Law's monopoly by farming out training to other institutions.The college is absent from a list of eight institutions drawn up by the Bar. These institutions, according to the Bar, have the best chance of winning validation when its training monopoly ends in 1997.As part of the tendering process the Bar Council has divided the 15 applications ...

  • Competition talks

    16-Jan-1996

    Brussels-based Rowe & Maw partner Simon Baxter, 4 Raymond Buildings barrister Christopher Vajda, and Melanie Farquharson of Simmons & Simmons are among the speakers lined up to address a two-day conference on European and US competition law aimed at in-house lawyers. The conference, to be held at London's Berners Hotel on 6 to 7 March, will include presentations from the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of Fair Trading, the European Commission and competition lawyers from the ...

  • Conquest broadens family panel

    16-Jan-1996

    THE INDEPENDENT Family & Mediation Panel will be launched by Conquest Legal Marketing at a series of free seminars in February.Launched exclusively to members of the National Solicitors' Network in 1995 and now open to non-member firms, the Independent Family & Mediation initiative encourages the use of mediation in the divorce process by supporting comprehensive training in mediation support and access to mediation training.Following the seminars, the network ...

  • Disappearance of law trainee still a mystery

    16-Jan-1996

    CITY firm Cameron Markby Hewitt is keeping in close touch with the parents of missing law graduate Johanne Masheder following her disappearance in Thailand.Duncan Aldred, the litigation partner who interviewed 23-year-old Masheder for her training contract at the firm, spoke to The Lawyer on 8 January, the day she was due to start her traineeship at the firm.Masheder accepted the offer of a two-year training contract at the firm in 1993 after graduating from ...

  • EU demystified

    16-Jan-1996

    The joint Brussels office of Beachcroft Stanleys and Paris firm JP Karsenty et Associes has announced plans to hold a second colloquium on the European Union following the success of its first event last month. The colloquium, organised by resident solicitor Julie Nazerali at the European Parliament, was put together to "demystify" the workings of the EU and explore policies in major areas. Delegates included lawyers and clients from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the UK and Ireland.

  • Expert warns accountants on anti-fraud policing role

    16-Jan-1996

    A top fraud lawyer has warned accountants seeking to expand their audit function by becoming anti-fraud "policemen" of consequential increased liabilities, confusion and conflict of interest.David Kirk, partner at top fraud firm Simons Muirhead & Burton, said advisers and businessmen should know the risks of fraud.But he told delegates at an Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAE&W) conference last week that better and more visible regulation ...

  • Financings

    16-Jan-1996

    Wragge & Co worked on the launch of the Friends Provident Venture Capital Trust (VCT)

  • Financings

    16-Jan-1996

    Lovell White Durrant advised Texaco in financing oil exploration in the Captain Field in the UK sector of the North Sea. Slaughter and May advised Abbey National Treasury Services

  • Financings

    16-Jan-1996

    SJ Berwin & Co advised British Land Co in its placing and open offer to raise £222.5 million. Allen & Overy advised brokers to the issue

  • Financings

    16-Jan-1996

    Pinsent Curtis advised The Bradford Property Trust on US$60 million derivatives deals with banks Barclays and NatWest.

  • Financings

    16-Jan-1996

    McKenna & Co is acting for Abacus Group on its merger with Polar

  • Financings

    16-Jan-1996

    Dorman Jeffrey & Co acted for Ky-Lin Group in a £3.4 million start-up to create a UK clothing manufacturing capacity.

  • Firms moot Court of Appeal plea after pensions judgment

    16-Jan-1996

    Attempts by life companies to stop litigation over the misselling of pensions scandal took a knock last week after plaintiffs won an important first round in court allowing them to sue while waiting for companies' compensation reviews.The ruling affects around a million people thought to be due compensation totalling some £2 billion. Dozens of law firms are advising companies and investors on the matter.Judge Raymond Jack QC in Bristol's Mercantile ...

  • Gay action tipped to set standard

    16-Jan-1996

    BOSSES who discriminate between heterosexual and gay employees will be in breach of the law if an action being taken by a staff member of South West Trains is successful.Telephone enquiry bureau supervisor Lisa Grant claims SWT has contravened the provisions of the Equal Pay Act by refusing to provide her lesbian partner with a free travel pass.British Railways Board policy states free travel passes must only be given to spouses or heterosexual partners of two ...

  • Gearing up for a new year of war and peace

    16-Jan-1996

    "DETENTE time" was the plaintive pre-Christmas cry of the Law Society's own journal, The Gazette.In an editorial, the magazine called for unity and a constructive approach in the society's dealings with the Government over such crucial issues as legal aid and divorce reform.The president's column followed. In it Martin Mears succeeded in insulting, in succession, the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Bar Council and the "ersatz reformers" ...

  • Good for our image

    16-Jan-1996

    Law firms now manage over £1 billion of funds, according to the Association of Solicitors' Investment Management (Asim). This represents a 50 per cent boost on last year and would generate on aggregate in the range of 11 million in fees.Setting up an investment department does not come cheap nor is it an easy option for any law firm. Some have started out on the path and turned midway. Others have considered and rejected the idea. The difficulty and cost ...

  • Herald in the New Year

    16-Jan-1996

    Tulkinghorn refers in his diary (The Lawyer, 9 January 1996) to two stories from "Aberdeen paper The Herald".Is this by any chance related to the well-known Glasgow paper The Herald, which until recently had the word 'Glasgow' in the title?I'm sure I read the same stories in the latter publication when home for the New Year. The Lawyer is usually quite good on Scottish (and Northern Irish) matters, for a London paper. A ...

  • Hotline anticipates miners judgment

    16-Jan-1996

    A SOLICITORS' group handling a mass of industrial injuries claims against British Coal has set up a hotline to cope with the anticipated response to a High Court ruling.The Vibration White Finger Litigation Solicitors' Group claims the interim ruling at Newcastle High Court could lead to claims from thousands of sufferers of the disease.The action being heard in Newcastle has been brought by solicitors acting for the nine lead cases in a multi-party ...

  • In brief: Bar School joins forces in equality drive

    16-Jan-1996

    The Bar School has agreed to work with the Commission for Racial Equality to reduce the disparity in exam success between ethnic minority and white students. As part of a joint agreement published this week, the Council of Legal Education, which runs the school, has agreed to undertake a research and monitoring programme to pinpoint the reasons for a historic disparity in results. The CRE will work with the school to implement a "wide ranging" equal opportunities programme.

  • In brief: Chancery Lane hit by 'bugs'

    16-Jan-1996

    Bugs have been blamed by Law Society secretary general John Hayes for delays in the issuing of practising and investment business certificates which should have been sent out in the autumn. A letter from Hayes apologising for the delays appeared in the Law Society Gazette last week. Blaming the problem on bugs in a new computer system, he stressed old certificates would remain in force until all the new ones had been issued, probably by the end of next month. The new system was also ...

  • In brief: Denton Hall in DBFO first

    16-Jan-1996

    The contract hiving off the management of the A69 between Carlisle and Newcastle to the private sector under a new government initiative was drawn up by City firm Denton Hall. The contract between the Highways Agency and the Road Link Consortium, a group of six companies, is the first under the Department of Transport's Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) programme. Denton Hall is advising the Highways Agency on the initiative. Partner Ellen Gates said: "We have had to develop ...

  • In brief: End near for Charles Deacon fraud trial

    16-Jan-1996

    The prosecution in the fraud trial of solicitor Charles Julian Deacon begins its closing speech early this week, with the prospect of the jury being sent out by Friday. Deacon faces 11 counts in relation to a series of alleged advance fee frauds totalling around US$1 billion in promised loans, by which he allegedly obtained more than US$18 million. He faces six counts of conspiracy to defraud, four of obtaining property by deception and one of theft. Two counts relate to US$2 million ...

  • In brief: Hull firm wins local airport deal

    16-Jan-1996

    Hull firm Andrew M Jackson & Co has been appointed to carry out all Humberside International Airport's legal work, as the airport enters a phase of rapid expansion. The firm was selected from a shortlist to oversee the airport's £2.5 million development.

  • In brief: International law summer school

    16-Jan-1996

    London Guildhall University is offering courses in English and International Law as part of its 1996 summer school programme. The summer school is open to English and overseas students throughout July and August and includes visits to the Law Courts, the Inns of Court and City institutions.

  • In brief: LCD cash for marriage preparation pilot

    16-Jan-1996

    The Government is to fund pilot schemes to prepare couples for marriage in an attempt to reduce divorce figures. The Lord Chancellor's Department has announced that it will pledge hundreds of thousands of pounds to try out schemes, including marriage preparation projects and counselling sessions for couples who are experiencing problems early on in their marriage.

  • In brief: Prison success for McKenna & Co

    16-Jan-1996

    McKenna & Co is celebrating its client's success in its bid to win the first government contract for the private sector to build and run a prison. Brigend Custodial Services won the contract to build the south Wales prison in Brigend which will house 800 prisoners after 12 months of negotiation with the Government. The McKennas team was led by partner Richard Price who said the contract had overcome the difficulties "of achieving a satisfactory return for the consortium and their ...

  • In brief: Society condemns small claims move

    16-Jan-1996

    The Government should have boosted advice provision and allowed more time for district judges to be properly trained before raising the small claims limit in the county courts to £3,000, according to Suzanne Burn, secretary of the Law Society's civil litigation committee. The Lord Chancellor's decision not to exempt tenants taking disrepair or illegal eviction cases against landlords from the scope of the new small claims procedure has also been criticised by Chancery ...

  • Law firms cash in on investment

    16-Jan-1996

    Law firms are now handling more than £1 billion pounds worth of investment management business, according to research carried out by the Association of Solicitors in Investment Management (Asim).The figures, due to be released on 16 January at the launch of Asim's directory, reveal a 50 per cent increase on last year's figures. This represents 1 per cent of the overall private client market of mid-range wealthy individuals who tend to invest ...

  • Lawyer overturns Hague Convention

    16-Jan-1996

    Fabrizio Carpanini of Berwin Leighton advised Foreign & Colonial Ventures on the funding of the £30m management buy in of luxury yacht manufacturer Sealine International. Paul Wakefield of Eversheds advised fellow backers NatWest Equity Partners and Lloyd's Development Capital. The management team was advised by Jeremy Millington of

  • Lawyers back Labour ruling

    16-Jan-1996

    TOP employment barrister David Pannick QC has applauded an industrial tribunal ruling against the Labour Party's women-only shortlists.And Pannick, who originally condemned the party's policy after its introduction over two years ago, said although opposing opinions were "clearly arguable", if an appeal were launched, "I would expect the Employment Appeal tribunal to reach the same conclusion"."This decision will confirm that any form of positive discrimination ...

  • Libel firm seeks block on aid to Birmingham Six scientist

    16-Jan-1996

    PETER Carter-Ruck & Partners is urging the Legal Aid Board not to grant funding to the former Home Office forensic scientist who is taking legal action against the firm.Dr Frank Skuse, whose evidence helped secure the conviction of the Birmingham Six, won legal aid for a £1 million damages claim for errors he alleges the firm made when he sued Granada Television for libel. The action related to a 1986 World in Action documentary on the Birmingham Six.Peter ...

  • Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/01/96

    16-Jan-1996

    Charles Edward Nutter, 42, admitted 1984, practised as Charles Nutter & Co, Blackpool (address given as Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca at time of tribunal hearing), struck off and ordered to pay £4,451 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to maintain properly written accounts, failed to produce accounting documents for inspection when required, drew money from client account contrary to rules. Tribunal said Nutter's accounting ...

  • Litigation Personal Injury 16/01/96

    16-Jan-1996

    Dexter v Ministry of Defence - QBD 7 December 1995Claimant: Keith Dexter, 3Accident: Medical negligenceInjury: Plaintiff underwent treatment for swollen testicle; after treatment he developed testicular cancer; testicle swelled to size of American soft ball and had to be amputated; plaintiff discharged from army where he had reached rank of sergeant and as result of cancer had to undergo chemotherapyAward: £140,000 (agreed damages)

  • Litigation Recent Decisions 16/01/96

    16-Jan-1996

    Driving an electric buggy in a public placeDirector of Public Prosecutions v Neville (1996).QBD (Schiemann LJ and Holland J) 4/12/95.Summary: Driving an electric buggy in a terminal building at Heathrow Airport is 'driving in a public place' for the purposes of s.3 Road Traffic Act 1988.Appeal by prosecutor against dismissal of information against the driver of an electric buggy for knocking down a child in the airport section ...

  • Litigation Writs 16/01/96

    16-Jan-1996

    A doctor convicted of offences relating to the supply of controlled drugs is being sued for unpaid bills by the solicitors who acted for him. Stephen Mitchell & Co, of London SE1, has issued a writ against Dr Ahmed Ismail, of London NW1, claiming counsel's fees of £5,951 and £7,050, with interest and costs. The writ says the Medical Protection Society undertook to pay the costs of the doctor's defence but only costs incurred by ...

  • Mutuals face up to takeover prospects

    16-Jan-1996

    Restructuring in the life insurance industry means mutual life insurers boards may receive overtures from other companies to abandon mutual status or for takeover. The competition for control of the National & Provincial Building Society has raised a new spectre for the directors of mutuals - the prospect of a publicly contested takeover. But what are the board's duties and what rights do policyholders have?The City Takeover Code, with its delineation of the responsibilities ...

  • New Year list brings OBE for Adamson

    16-Jan-1996

    LAW Society former director of international practice Hamish Adamson was last week described by colleagues as an "inspiration to work for and a pleasure to work with" after he received an OBE.Adamson, who left the Law Society in 1995 after almost 30 years, was named in the New Year's honours list for services to the legal profession."He had a wealth of experience and knowledge and knew just about everybody in the legal world," said the Law Society's ...

  • Order 17 Litigation/Libel. Damages made good

    16-Jan-1996

    Lawrence Abramson looks at the recent decision to allow directions on personal injury damages to assist libel juriesThe awards meted out by libel juries have long been a source of concern for the profession. In the face of ever escalating awards, there is the feeling that the amounts of compensatory and exemplary damages have been out of proportion to the libels, and that these awards have no rational basis and do not correspond to an established compensatory framework. ...

  • Order 17 Litigation/Libel. The trigger for reform

    16-Jan-1996

    DURING the last four working days before Christmas 1995 the Master of the Rolls, together with Lord Justice Waite and Lord Justice Otton, clarified some of the most litigated aspects of Order 17, rule 11 of the County Court Rules. Judgments were given immediately after each group of cases. The Court of Appeal held that:Form N450 was not a direction of the court and did not override the timetable set by rule 11. However, the court recognised that dates set out on the form ...

  • Practice deals on share service

    16-Jan-1996

    Hartlepool firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine is setting up a dealing room as part of its newly established investment services department.According to funds manager Iain Mackie, the firm aims to "bring the City to Hartlepool". The dealing room is part of the firm's technology plan and will be a "state of the art dealing room" with full graphics, price quotes and presentation facilities. It will feature software "which can take clients through ...

  • Property

    16-Jan-1996

    Paisner & Co acted for Ascot Holdings in the £10 million disposal of its interest in the Hotel Burstin.

  • Property

    16-Jan-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Westminster Healthcare and Nabarro Nathanson for US sheltered housing operator Holiday Retirement Corporation in their joint venture purchase of Peverel, the UK's largest retirement home manager.

  • Property

    16-Jan-1996

    Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Hemingway in its purchase of 27 properties from Haselmere for £64.4 million. Nabarro Nathanson acted for Haselmere.

  • Put an end to size discrimination

    16-Jan-1996

    Paul Pharaoh may be right to point out that the change in culture urged by the president includes the fulfilment of client expectations (The Lawyer, 9 December). The inference has to be that if clients entrust money to a solicitor and that solicitor steals, then the Compensation Fund exists to ensure its replacement.Widows and orphans, I believe, gain compensation of moderate sums without difficulty. However, when it comes to business men who have ...

  • QC threatens action over Bar ballot

    16-Jan-1996

    THE BAR Council could face legal action for allowing employed barristers to vote on the future of its beleaguered complaints scheme proposals.The latest twist comes just before the result of the Bar Council's postal ballot becomes known this week.The threat of a judicial review comes from Ronald Thwaites QC, head of 10 King's Bench Walk, whose assault on the proposed scheme inspired a Bar Council defeat at the recent open meeting and led to the profession-wide ...

  • Questions over human rights in trial of ousted Malawi president

    16-Jan-1996

    LAWYERS defending the former president of Malawi against conspiracy to murder charges have condemned the country's new government as "bent on revenge" against the ousted leader.Memery Crystal partner Harvey Rands, who acted for Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda and two others following their 1995 arrests, saw them acquitted last month on charges of conspiring to murder four politicians in ...

  • Renewal of emergency law shows 'disregard' for rights

    16-Jan-1996

    CIVIL and human rights groups are dismayed at the Government's renewal of its existing emergency powers in Northern Ireland.They argue that even the recent drug-related killings, widely thought to be the work of IRA members, do not constitute a proper state of emergency. Renewal of the "excessive" powers for another two years is against the interests of the peace process, they maintain.Some are also sceptical about the degree of independence of Home Secretary ...

  • Research for all

    16-Jan-1996

    The Association of Women Barristers is to conduct research in to how counsel is appointed in a move to ensure that women barristers get their fair share of work.While this is a difficult monitoring exercise, it should provide some valuable information. For too long women have felt they are victimised by the selection process. Moreover, AWB is approaching the work in a positive vein with the object of informing solicitors about women barristers.

  • Right to silence. Appealing for the right to silence

    16-Jan-1996

    The first appeals to provide an opportunity for consideration of the scope and implementation of section 35 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 came before the Lord Chief Justice on 5 October 1995. Judgment was delivered on 12 October.The three cases - Cowan, Gayle and Riccardi - were unrelated. All three defendants were detained and questioned under pre-Act conditions and the first two defendants remained silent. All three remained silent at trial.

  • Sifa video offers guide to setting up

    16-Jan-1996

    Five firms have taken part in a financial services video put together by the Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice group (Sifa).The video, which discusses whether and how to set up in financial services, features Kent firm Leigh Williams, Nottingham firm Gompertz Buckley, St Albans firm Pictons, Kettering firm Toller Hales & Collcutt, and Leeds firm Lupton ...

  • Spirit of co-operation

    16-Jan-1996

    I was interested and saddened to read of the debate raging among members of the Law Society on restricting entry into the legal profession ('QC's advice revives restricted entry row' The Lawyer, 9 January 1996). I fear the squabbling among the various factions will serve to obscure a vital issue. But I hope most of all that this debate will show up the society for its disorganisation.Does anyone seriously think now that so many educational establishments ...

  • Staple Inn tenant claims race bias

    16-Jan-1996

    A SET of chambers has been accused of racial discrimination by a black tenant who claims it caved in to a law firm's refusal to accept her services due to her "African sounding name" and then victimised her when she complained.Joy Okoye, a family expert of 14 years call, claims Brian Monument, the senior clerk at Staple Inn Chambers, London, agreed to pass the firm's brief to a very junior colleague after the firm had rejected her.She alleges she had ...

  • The Lawyer Inquiry: Jon Cooper

    16-Jan-1996

    Jon Cooper is a barrister at 7 Stone Buildings. Born in Wolverhampton in 1960, he now lives in London. When not being a lawyer, he writes TV scripts. What was your first job?Driver's mate.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?£40 per week as a driver's mate, having qualified as a lawyer.What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?

  • The solicitor who cost the profession millions

    16-Jan-1996

    GRAHAM Durnford Ford, who stole millions of pounds from the estates of dead clients, is guaranteed a special place in the legal profession's gallery of rogues.Sadly, lining his own pockets at the expense of clients, colleagues, and ultimately his profession, has further eroded the public's trust in the high street solicitor.Ford's unprecedented fleecing of the innocent, the vulnerable, and, largely, the elderly over the estates of deceased clients ...

  • Top family duo moves over to Withers

    16-Jan-1996

    LEADING family law firm Gordon Dadds has lost two of its partners to rivals Withers.Gill Doran and James Harcus, who became partners in 1981, leave at the end of March. They join Diana Parker's team on 1 April."This is a tremendous opportunity," said Doran. "Withers is the best private client firm and it's that which attracted us. It's a dynamic firm with a dynamic ...

  • Top names rally to charity's cause

    16-Jan-1996

    AN IMPRESSIVE array of senior legal figures has rallied to the banner of a cash-strapped charity dedicated to finding missing people.Nine lawyer members of the House of Lords have signed up as vice-patrons of a new national appeal being launched by the National Missing Persons Helpline, established three years ago.Among them are Vice-Chancellor Sir Richard Scott, family division president Sir Stephen Brown, Lord Woolf, Lord Mishcon and Lord Alexander of Weedon.

  • Trainee exchange plan gets EU cash

    16-Jan-1996

    UP TO 1,000 legal trainees could soon be exchanged throughout Europe each year if a Commission-funded pilot project set to run over the next 12 months is a success.The project, which won a £72,000 grant from the European Union's Leonardo Da Vinci vocational training programme last week, gained approval after almost three years of lobbying by the joint Brussels office of the Law Societies of England and Wales and Scotland.The office is working with ...

  • UK and South African governments back advocacy training programme

    16-Jan-1996

    A TEAM of South African barristers has arrived in London to learn the skills of advocacy training from leading UK barristers.The visit marks the start of a major training programme being jointly funded by the UK and South African governments.It also signifies the breaking of new ground for the Inns of Court Advocacy Training committee, which will take its skills abroad for the first time next month during a visit to South Africa.The committee's ...

  • Veal export row takes European stage

    16-Jan-1996

    A renewed battle by animal protection pressure groups to block the export of live veal calves from the UK is now pending in the European Court following a High Court ruling in December.Rearing calves using the continental veal crate system has been banned in the UK since 1990. Now a new challenge to the controversial export trade in calves has been mounted by the RSPCA along with Compassion in World Farming and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.However, ...

  • Welsh firm clinches three-year health deal

    16-Jan-1996

    WELSH firm Morgan Bruce has won a contract to provide legal services to a new London Borough Health Trust.Morgan Bruce, which has offices in Cardiff, London and Swansea, has been awarded a three-year contract by Newham Community Health Services NHS Trust, which provides health and social care for more than 224,000 residents in east London.The trust invited 10 firms to apply for the contract. Eight firms returned the application form, five of which were called ...

  • Who needs more tests?

    16-Jan-1996

    The Law Society Working Party on Standards is playing a valuable role in exploring options to ensure professional standards are maintained.However, the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) has some concerns about the recent proposals for the introduction of another layer of entry tests to the profession.The maintenance of standards in the profession is in everyone's interests but as vice-chair of the TSG and a member of the working party, I think we ...